Designing Kitchens: Bringing the Outside Inside

July 16, 2019
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by silb
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One of the latest design trends to take off is bringing the outside in, especially when it comes to the kitchen. This trend, however, can be particularly difficult to pull off and make work whilst being practical and stylish. Here we will look at some of the best ways to implement the outside inside style whether you are carrying out a whole kitchen over-haul or some simple renovations.

Installing Large Patio Doors

Large patio doors are a great way to bring the outside in while keeping the elements out. Patio doors are a simple option and are incredibly practical, especially during the summer months when you want to entertain guests outdoors. Not only do doors from the kitchen leading to the garden bring in a lot of light, but also help the kitchen seem larger and more open than it may actually be. One of the most seamless ways to do this to install pocket doors which slide inside the wall, giving a greater sense of outdoor living.

Opt for an Earthy Palette

If you are working to a budget, one of the easiest ways to incorporate the outside in trend is to opt for an earthy colour palette. Painting kitchen cabinets earthy greens and opting for terracotta accessories is a simple but effective way to transform the look of a kitchen. Adding a few plants and shrubs can complete the look and make the kitchen feel fresher and more calming.

Flush Floor Finish

Another simple and seamless way to connect the kitchen to the outside is to make considered flooring choices. Natural materials like slate and wood are great flooring choices to help create the outside in effect. Floors which run flush from the kitchen to the outdoors are incredibly effective and blue the boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors.

House Plants

As we’ve already mentioned, house plants are a great way to add some greenery to your kitchen and bring the outdoors in. Succulents and cacti are a great choice and are really easy to look after, making it almost impossible to kill them. Having lots of plants and flowers around helps keeps the air fresh and make your bespoke kitchen a more relaxing space to work in.

Install Mirrors

In kitchens limited by space, installing mirrors helps blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. Positioning mirrors to reflect the most light and even to give the appearance of a window to the garden will open up the space.

Look Above

When looking at ways to connect a home to the outdoors, many of us only think laterally, but you can always go for views to the above. Skylights or glass ceilings are another great way to flood the kitchen with light and to connect to the outside. Dining in the kitchen with patio doors wide open and light flooding in from above can be a great summer dining experience for you and your guests.


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